Did you have a favorite nature-based children’s book as a child? I remember reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and being completely mesmerized by the story and how a garden could be so healing. Even as a child, I will always remember the little garden plot my parents granted me. It was my secret garden. I loved creating gardens out of nothing and remember being drawn to how my garden came to life once I tended to it…just like the book. Did you have a favorite nature-based children’s book as a child?
As a teacher and as a parent I use children’s books to inspire and guide me in capturing the wonders of nature. Nature-Based children’s books help me articulate and showcase science, math, and art outdoors. There are books for all 4 types of Gardens: Gardens that Feed, Gardens that Attract Wildlife, Garden for Art and Beauty, and Gardens as Outdoor Learning Stations; however, this list is no particular order. I am always adding to my library so keep checking back.
The Outdoor-Classrooms 100 Nature-Based Booklist is devoted to Children’s books that offer the truest inspiration, the deepest reflection, the strongest provocation for connecting children with Nature. These are books that seize imaginations and inspire the curriculum for teaching outdoors.